Benefits of concrete flooring over hardwood flooring

March 20, 2020

All the reasons why you should choose concrete flooring over hardwood. Mapping out your dream home and all its glory is something we all take pride in, but flooring choices are about so much more than aesthetics. We need to take into account the space’s purpose, the durability, desired lifetime of the floor, health concerns, energy costs, and the environment as humidity plays a huge role.

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The 5 Best Ways To Insulate A Home

March 20, 2020

For optimum insulation results, your home should be insulated from its roof to its concrete foundation. An uninsulated home and its possible drafts can compromise your family’s health over a long period of time. 

Many studies have shown that an insulated home is a healthy home. Homes that are fully insulated retain much more heat than non-insulated homes. A well insulated home will keep you toasty in winter, cool in summer, and your wallet will thank you immensely for the power bill savings. An insulated home is particularly important for the young, the elderly, and the immune compromised. Thanks to new laws, all ceilings and underfloors in New Zealand homes have been legally obligated to be insulated by 01 July 2019.

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Save your health and money by properly insulating your floor

January 29, 2020

For maximum thermal efficiencies, energy savings and positive health benefits, insulating your home goes far beyond your ceiling and walls. Heat also escapes through the windows and up to 15% through the floor. 15% doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you consider how everything in your home is connected, you actually lose far more than that 15% worth of heat and lost comfort.

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The importance of an insulated building

January 29, 2020

There are various ways of installing ground insulation in a home and commercial property but nothing comes close to MAXRaft® foundations. You see, not all foundations are created equal. Most ground insulation foundations only protect the edges of the concrete slab. Heat is then allowed to escape through the sides. All that does is heat the ground around the property which is a giant waste of money. That lost heat could instead be warming the property and inhabitants inside. MAXRaft® 's fully insulated foundations has you entirely covered which provides superior performance to optimise energy efficiency.

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Choosing the right flooring for your home

November 20, 2019

The type of floor in any given room can help to define the entire character of the space, but flooring choices are about much more than simple aesthetics. The purpose of a space, the desired durability and lifetime of the floor, health concerns, humidity, and energy costs all need to be taken into account. Unfortunately, the options available to homeowners are often limited by the construction of their homes.

Homes that sit on un-insulated concrete slabs are vulnerable to heat loss roughly equivalent to leaving a window open in winter. If unaddressed, this can quickly translate to very high energy costs. By building the home on an insulated MAXRaft® slab instead, homeowners can choose from a wider range of options based on their personal needs, while also making their homes more energy efficient, and healthier to live in.

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Build a healthy home for asthma sufferers, starting with the foundation.

November 20, 2019

A lot of respiratory issues are caused by the cold and damp environments that we live in. According to recent statistics, 1 in 7 children in New Zealand have asthma and 1 in 6 people suffer from respiratory diseases.

There has been much study on the triggers for asthma sufferers and it has been proven that a properly insulated, warm, dry home greatly improves the symptoms. A warm floor is also very important for people with poor circulation, and people who are inactive for long periods of time, as well as children and babies who live closer to the floor, and the elderly who have trouble staying as warm as younger adults.

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Homeowners are demanding better insulation, starting with the foundation

October 21, 2019

A lot of respiratory and other health issues are caused by the cold and damp environments that we live in. 1 in 7 children have asthma and 1 in 6 people (over 700,000 Kiwis) have a respiratory disease, which costs the country over $6b every year.

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A healthy and sustainable home starts with the right foundation

October 17, 2019

The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of 18°C for living areas and 16°C for bedrooms. Yet 30% of New Zealand homes being built today don’t meet these standards, causing many health issues due to cold and damp living environments.

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